Koreans can actually write a novel!
Japan has a population of 110 million and 500 authors who are known to Westerners. Korea has a population of 75 million, but less than 10 authors who are read in the West. is this cultural difference, a result of poverty, a flaw of the West itself, an artifact of Japan's status as a military-occupied country, or something else?
presumably if China becomes the dominant nation, Korea will suddenly become a literary powerhouse. but until then, this is about as good as it comes out of the 75 million koreans of the world.
anyway, about the book; thinly disguised historical allegory taking place as a hero deals with a bully at school. Yi's great strength was to avoid the cheesy redemptive ending...